The Fall – Eve Versus Mary

At the autumn men lost God the Holy Ghost and have become “dead souls”.

Eventually their bodies died and returned to the world , while their souls visited Hades (Sheol) to attend for the Saviour.

Job said: “I know that at some point i will be able to see my King altogether His beauty”, pertaining to Christ’s descent into Hades. 

Eve was created before the autumn - sinless, innocent and adult. While in Paradise, she never had to struggle spiritually against a Fallen nature, because God created her perfect, and she or he lived in Paradise consonant with God, Adam and therefore the animals. 

Mary was born from Joachim and Anna with the corruption in her caused by the first sin of Adam and Eve. Mary had to grow into a lass during a corrupt, Fallen world. She had to fight against the issues in her nature, and she or he overcame them. once they were returning home from the Temple she couldn't find Jesus and worried where He was. Then the Lord gave her a mild rebuke. Mary shouldn't have worried because She knew that He was the Son of God and will only are in “My Father’s house”. 

St. Symeon the New Theologian points out that it had been Eve’s lack of gratitude to God that made her a victim (prey) of the Devil’s deception. The Devil disguised as a snake told her three lies: 

First, that God wasn't specialized , because he had forbidden Eve to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of excellent and Evil

.The Devil asked: “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?’

To which Eve replied: “We may eat of the fruit from the trees of garden, but from the fruit of the tree within the middle of the garden,

God said, ‘You shall not eat of it’.” Eve’s reply was correct, but doubt had entered her heart.

The Devil was insinuating that God was being harsh in forbidding them to eat of the one tree, that He wasn't good. So her heart fell faraway from God, she became unfaithful to Him. 

Nowadays one constantly hears people asking whether God is sweet or not once they cannot understand certain events, for instance the tsunami in South-East Asia. 

Some go further and blame God, or maybe stop believing in His existence. 

Secondly, that God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree because He was afraid that they might become “as gods”, adequate to Him. So Eve’s mind was poisoned proudly as she contemplated the likelihood of becoming adequate to her Creator. 

Thirdly, that Eve wouldn't die if she disobeyed God. during this way the Devil took faraway from Eve the fear of God that's the start of wisdom, and weakened her will. As a result, she took the temptation . 

With these three lies, the Devil corrupted the guts , the mind and therefore the will of Eve, and she or he ate of the tree of the knowledge of excellent and evil. 

So Eve now knows from her own experience what's good – to obey God and be consonant with Him, and what's evil – to show against Him. 

St. John Chrysostom says the good saints have the important knowledge of excellent and evil, having been given the discernment to understand what's truly good and truly evil. 

They don’t judge by appearances, for sometimes what's good within the eyes of man is evil within the sight of God, and vice-versa. the planet judges by appearances, and not in accordance with the profound ways of God, Who says: “My Thoughts aren't your thoughts, and My Ways aren't your ways”.